Just three days after officially launching the closed beta, Blizzard Entertainment has stated that Diablo III is scheduled to be released in early 2012. As most fans of the series have already predicted, the game won’t be coming in 2011 and in a way, this was kind of expected as the developer is well known for taking its time to polish up its titles.
CEO Mark Morhaine explained this in a blog post: “We commonly use the term “soon” when referring to Blizzard releases, because we know that no matter how hard we’re working to reach a target, we’re not going to compromise and launch a game before it’s ready. For Diablo III, we were aiming to launch by the end of 2011.”
“While this news might not be a complete surprise, I know that many of you were hopeful that Diablo III would ship this year. We were too. However, this week we pulled together people from all of the teams involved with the game to decide whether we felt it would be ready before the end of December, and we grudgingly came to the conclusion that it would not. Ultimately, we feel that to deliver an awesome Diablo sequel that lives up to our expectations and yours as well, we should take a little more time and add further polish to a few different elements of the game,” he added.
It should also be taken into account that previous to this announcement, the company didn’t make reference to a specific release date. However, most journalists are already predicting that early 2012 seems like a quite realistic date.
Additionally, Blizzard has also confirmed that they are extending the beta for the game. The company didn’t exactly say how long they are planning to do so, but the developer has said that more testers will be invited.